Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute

Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute

The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) is a Government of Nigeria institute responsible for researching and developing road and building materials for the Nigerian building industry. The institute is under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology of Nigeria.[1]



The institute replaced the West African Building Research Institute which was established in 1952 by building professionals from Ghana and Nigeria in Accra, Ghana.[2] Membership of the institute was made up of building engineers from both countries. When Nigeria gained independence from Britain, the Nigerian members of the institute left the West African Building Research Institute to form the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute in 1978.[1][3] The Ghanaian members formed the Building Research Institute of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.


The headquarters of NBRRI is in Abuja, Nigeria.[4] There are four zonal offices that facilitates the institutes activities. They are:

  1. Eastern Zonal Office in Anambra State[5]
  2. Western Zonal Office in Ikoyi, Lagos[6]
  3. Northern Zonal Office in Kano, Kano State[7]
  4. National Liboratory & Production Complex in Otta, Ogun State[8]

Nation building

The institute engages the Government of Nigeria on various policies that regulate and improve the quality of buildings in Nigeria.[9] In May, 2011 the Federal Government of Nigeria announced that it would empower the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute to setup a Material Testing Laboratory to be cited in the Federal Capital Territory. The testing lab was to provide a facility for the testing of building material before use.[9] The facility had become necessary due to the regular occurrence of collapsing buildings.[9] The facility was to function as research and education centre for tertiary institutions and the construction industry.


NBRRI has research collaboration with other state and foreign agencies. In 2009, the institutes and its Ghanaian counterpart signed a memorandum of understanding to research into building and road construction materials.[3] In June 2011, the NBRRI announced it was partnering with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for the construction of 1,000 housing units every federal state of Nigeria. The partnership required that all the buildings be constructed using alternative building materials that had been developed by the institute.[10]


The institute in March, 2011 that it had developed a new technology for the moulding of bricks known as cement stabilized bricks technology.[11] The new technology was to reduce the cost of building due to a cheap alternative building material that the technology used in the production of bricks.[11]

See also

  • Building and Road Research Institute


  1. ^ a b "About Us:". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Background of the Institute". Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "NBRRI, Ghana's BRRI Sign MoU On Local Building Materials". Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI)". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Zonal Office-East". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Zonal Office-West". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Zonal Office-North". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "National Liboratory & Production Complex". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Building Collapse - NBRRI to Establish Material Testing Centre in Abuja". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "NBRRI, FMBN partner on mass housing provision". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "NBRRI launches new building technology". Retrieved 18 June 2011. 

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